Isaiah Washington Announces Retirement From Acting Over Frustration With ‘Haters’

LOS ANGELES - MAR 9: Isaiah Washington at the 50th NAACP Image Awards Nominees Luncheon at the Loews Hollywood Hotel on March 9, 2019 in Los Angeles, CA — Photo by Jean_Nelson/Deposit Photos

Former Grey’s Anatomy and The 100 star Isaiah Washington says he’s “fought the good fight,” but it’s time to leave Hollywood.

Washington posted a lengthy statement to Twitter earlier this week, saying it was time to go because “the haters” have won.

“It is with a heavy heart and a sense of relief that I am announcing my early retirement from the entertainment industry today,” he tweeted on Feb. 28.

“Those who have been following/witnessing my journey here on Twatter since 2011 all know that I have fought the good fight, but it seems that the haters, provocateurs and the useful idiots have won,” he continued. “I’m no longer interested in the back and forth regarding a ‘color construct’ that keeps us human beings divided nor am I interested in politics or anything vitriolic.”

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The actor added that he doesn’t like the current direction of the country.

“I will be traveling this great country before it falls into Socialism and then Communism,” he wrote. “Until then, know that this Frederick Douglass Conservative will keep his powder dry and loves you all! I am truly grateful for your support over the years. It looks like CORSICANA #CorsicanaMovie may be the last time you see me as an actor born here in America.”

In 2019, Washington came out as a Trump supporter. A former member of the Democratic party, he told Fox Nation he decided to “walk away” from Democrats because they’d done “very little” to help the Black community.

“If I look at the political literature of the Democratic party over the last 50 years of my lifetime, since I was five and I’m 55, and very little has changed in my community,” he said at the time.

He later distanced himself from Trump and tweeted in 2021: “The entire MAGA movement was a grift.”

Washington has long been considered a very talented actor. He played Dr. Preston Burke on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy before he was fired in 2007, after reportedly using a homophobic slur during a dispute on set.

Since then, he co-starred in the 2014 film Blackbird about a gay Black man struggling with his sexuality. He’s also had recurring roles in a number of TV shows, and starred in The CW’s sci-fi series The 100 from 2014-2018, Survivor’s Remorse in 2018, and Starz’s P-Valley from 2020-2022.

Washington took home two Image Awards and a SAG Award for his work on Grey’s Anatomy.